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To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith,
religious groups have developed religious emblems programs. The religious emblems programs are programs created
by the various religious groups to encourage youth to grow stronger in their faith. The religious group, not
the Boy Scouts of America, have created the religious emblems programs themselves. The Boy Scouts of America
has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious
groups administer the programs.
How do we get started on these programs?
First, youth members must obtain the specific booklet
for their religion. This booklet will contain information on all the lessons and service projects that they will
need to complete. Each member needs to have his or her own booklet to document progress. Some religions also provide
adult manuals for counselors and mentors. Check with your local council to see if it stocks these booklets in its
store, or contact the religious organization directly.
Second, parents must review the specific guidelines for
their particular program; age/grade requirements vary from program to program. Some programs require that the youth
be an official "member" of the local religious institution, others may not. Each program determines who
may serve as counselor (some require clergy, others allow parents or other family members). Be sure to look at
specific eligibility guidelines!
Third, families should talk to their religious leaders
and show them the booklet before beginning any program. Most of the religious emblems programs require that they be
completed under the auspices of that religious organization, and many require the signature of the local religious
leader. Again, check the specific eligibility requirements for your religious program.
Fourth, the member needs to complete the requirements,
obtain the proper signatures, and follow the instructions to order the emblem/award. The emblem can be presented at
any time of the year and should be presented in a meaningful ceremony, preferably in the member's religious
As Chaplain, you should familiarize yourself with the
programs and encourage youth to participate. This is one of the few knots that a youth can earn and wear on his
uniform. He can also earn multiple levels of the award based his age and grade in school. Each additional award
is signified with a device on the knot.
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